The CHET Dream Big! Competition

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Our 2021 winners have been announced!

There are 2 important rules of thumb when saving money for education: First, it's never too early to start. Second, you should look for help every place you can find it. That's where the 2021 CHET Dream Bigl Competition comes in (formerly known as CHET Advance Scholarship for High School Seniors).


For high school seniors

We're awarding 80 prizes to Connecticut students graduating from high school in 2022—5 winners will receive $5,000, with another 75 winners receiving $1,000.

Winners are determined based on student submissions of:

  • Written or video essays about their future goals or any current community leadership role they play.
  • Academic record and extracurricular participation, including within the community.

Official contest rules (PDF) | Reglas oficiales del concurso (PDF)

For K–8 students

We're awarding prizes of $529 to Connecticut students in grades K–8.

Winners are determined based on student entries of creative collaborations with a parent or teacher—such as an essay, video, or drawing—that describe the things they're doing to make their communities better places to live.

Learn more about the timing of the award payout here.

Official contest rules (PDF) | Reglas oficiales del concurso (PDF)



For questions about the current competition or previous recipients of the CHET Advance Scholarship with questions about their award contact ISTS Program Support at 855-670-ISTS (4787) or (please note this email address is not monitored by Fidelity Investments).

Learn more about The Connecticut Higher Education Trust 529 College Savings Program.